K-Drama Review: A Young Doctor Flees North Korea for Life in the South in ‘Doctor Stranger’



Hospital Drama!

Korean drama (K-drama) is often eagerly awaited by people from defferent parts of the world, and of various ages. The dramas that are usually the most awaited involve romance and are related to the throne and heritage. However, besides that, there are also other interesting drama genres that are also hunted and awaited by K-dramas lovers, which often have unexpected storylines.

Related to that, there’s one drama that has been many people, which is a medical drama with a romantic touch. For those of you who love or want to be a doctor, you can watch this drama, which features the famous actor Lee Jong-suk. Are you curious about it? If so, in this article Channel-Korea will give you our review of the drama ‘Doctor Stranger’. So, check it out, below!

Doctor Stranger Review


Doctor Stranger is a k-drama which started airing on May 5, 2014, and ended in the same year on July 8, with a total of 20 episodes. Doctor Stranger was broadcast on SBS, and was directed by Jin-hyun and Hong Jong-chan. This drama is medical genre, as well as having thick romance. Beside that, there’s also family conflict, resentment, and politics, because it concerns the prime minister and president, even with regard to North Korea.


Doctor Strangers tells the story of Park Hoon. Starting when he was a child, he followed his father, Park Chul, to North Korea to carry out a mission to save the President, who has heart disease (blockage of the coronary arteries). Before, Park Chul (Park Hoon’s father) worked at Myeongwoo Hospital and he planned to help patients who are plaintiffs in malpractice suits against the hospital he worked with.

Eventually Park Chul and his son, Park Hoon, went to North Korea, and the surgery he carried out was successful. But they can’t go back to their own home because of Jang Seok-joo’s evil plans and Myeongwoo Hospital. Even more sadly, when Park Chul and Park Hoon wre supposed to be shot dead while they were in North Korea, according to Jang Seok-joo’s command. But the North Korean side had a different plan, which was only shoot his father, the surgeon.

Twenty years later, Park Hoon grew up and followed his father footsteps to become a reliable heart surgeon. When he lived in North Korea, he met Song Jae-hee, who was his classmate in medical school, and the two of them fell in love. After his father died, Park Hoon was faced with a dilemma, caught between saving Song Jae-hee and victims of crime in the North Korean Army.

Jae-hee survived, and they both had a plan to leave the country and go back to South Korea. When they arrived, they intended to request asylum from the South Korean Prime Minister, Jang Seok-joo, but its turn out that Jang Seok-joo actually closed the door tightly so Park Hoon and Jae-hee were severely separate, and Park Hoon was sent to jail for two years.


After his prison sentence was over, Park Hoon stayed with his cousin and became a bottled-water deliveryman. One time, he had to deliver water to the hospital where his father used to work, Myeongwoo Hospital. And that time, Park Hoon met a pretty doctor who was the daughter of the hospital’s owner, Oh Soo-hyun. On the same day, Park Hoon also acidentally had to treat a dying patient. With abilities like as his father’s, Park Hoon treated the patient only focus and close his eyes.


Over the time, Park Hoon and Oh Soo-hyun become really close, and Soo-hyun is falling in love with Park Hoon, making Han Jae-joon (Soo-hyun’s ex), who is a doctor from Harvard University, get jealous. Then, Park Hoon becomes a doctor at that hospital and surgical teams with different leaders are competing against each other. Their competition (Park Hoon and Jae-joon) becomes increasingly fierce as they compete to become the best doctor who can do surgery on the Prime Minister’s heart.

On the other side, Jae-hee took on the identity of Han Seung-hee, and took over as a  North Korean spy. Park Hoon believes that she is the same Jae-hee, but she didn’t want to admit it, and she always avoided Park Hoon. But he doesn’t give up; with the conviction born of love, Park Hoon keeps trying to prove that she’s Jae-hee. Eventually, Jae-hee also confesses and reveals the reason why she became a spy. Park Hoon and Jae-hee finally get back together, but Soo-hyun and Park Hoon’s relationship just remains as co-workers.

Besides this drama having a serious conflict, there’s still something odd about the drama, or an unsolved puzzle. For example, Han Jae-joon actually wanted revenge on Soo-hyun’s dad, who was be a head of the hospital. But suddenly he asked for forgiveness, even though he and the family are victims. Then, why he doesn’t continue his revenge?

Although this drama is full of confusion, political problems, and family conflicts, it still has a humorous side. You can really see it with the Park Hoon – Soo-hyun couple. In one of episodes, when Soo-hyun asks the nurse about something, Park Hoon comes up and calls her “Quack”, and makes everyone laugh. Then Park Hoon cofidently said that Soo-hyun wouldn’t hit him, but, apparently, Soo-hyun kicked him by his feet, and then the nurse laughed back at him, too. So, you can check this on video below!

Not only that, when they went to the karaoke place with their coworkers, they were all drunk (except Jae-hee). Park Hoon and Soo-hyun sang ‘Tell Me’, by Wonder Girls, and they sang it with a silly style. This really brings the story life!

This drama was called a good drama because in episode 5, Doctor Stanger reached rank 4, with 14.2% share of viewers. But, over the time, the ranking decreased to 8 or 10.